A good friend of mine once said a good leader should be a springboard, not a lid. He’s right. And it’s been the foundation of my leadership career ever since. I don’t always get it right, but I always try.
Have you ever stopped to consider the trajectory your life has taken? All of the minute decisions that have brought you to the precipice of now? For some, it’s a fairly regular experience. For others, it might never have occurred to you to take stock of at all.
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Friends! It’s been awhile since I last shared anything with you. Well, don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of new news to share soon. But today, I wanted to simply leave you with this. In a word full of brokenness, heavy hearts, endless struggle, war, politics, and injustice… remember to pray for people and not against […]
I am not offering this list as any definitive “you should absolutely add this to your reading/listening/watching”. But I thought I would share with you all the resources I’ve been working through to gain a better understanding of the past, present, and future of us as a people, as Americans, and specifically of systematic, unwarranted, invisible white privilege.
We want to be the good guy. We have this instinctive moral imperative almost built into us that we have to be the good guy. But in order to do this, we’ve taught ourselves that there must be “bad guys” for our “goodness” to overcome.
Society doesn’t improve when the naysayers stand by and proclaim “I told you so.” It improves when, as a community, we decide that we’re better than the sum of our parts.
Sometimes we say the right things. We say “I forgive you” or will even convince ourselves we’ve forgiven someone who didn’t bother asking forgiveness. But in reality, we’ve filed it away somewhere, only to pull it out and use it against them the moment they wrong us one too many times.
When I was growing up, I hated hearing “because I said so”. It felt like a cop out answer when an adult didn’t really have any conviction behind what they said but they wanted it to happen anyway. It felt… lazy. And so I distinctly recall making the decision at a very young age to never tell someone “because I said so”.
The entirety of the biblical narrative is one of individuals being given the understanding of how to best honor and serve both the Creator and the Creation, those individuals deciding that they have a better idea of how to do those things, turning them into selfish pursuits, and then being extremely frustrated that the world […]